Associations of moderate to vigorous physical activity and sedentary behavior with depressive and anxiety symptoms in self-isolating people during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional survey in Brazil

F.B. Schuch*, R.A. Bulzing, J. Meyer, D. Vancampfort, J. Firth, B. Stubbs, I. Grabovac, P. Willeit, V.D.O. Tavares, V.C. Calegaro, J. Deenik, G.F. Lopez-Sanchez, N. Veronese, C.M. Caperchione, K.P. Sadarangani, M. Abufaraj, M.A. Tully, L. Smith

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This is a cross-sectional study evaluating the associations of self-reported moderate to vigorous physical activity, and sedentary behavior with depressive, anxiety, and co-occurring depressive and anxiety symptoms (D&A) in self-isolating Brazilians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Depressive and anxiety symptoms were collected using the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories (BDI and BAI). Among the 937 participants (females=72.3%), those performing >= 30 min/day of moderate to vigorous or 15 min/day of vigorous physical activity had lower odds of prevalent depressive, anxiety, and co-occurring D&A symptoms. Those spending >= 10 h/day sedentary were more likely to have depressive symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113339
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • covid-19
  • depression
  • inventory
  • physical activity
  • Covid-19
  • Physical activity
  • Depression

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